Considering the amount of shit that she talks, it’s incredibly fitting that the artwork for Azealia Banks’ new single “Yung Rapunxel” depicts the rapstress with three screaming mouths attached to her head. The 21-year-old is the 2013 version of Spencer Pratt: a professional famewhore of the highest-order who will sink to the lowest of lows [...]
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Justin Timberlake‘s long-awaited comeback track, “Suit & Tie”, isn’t an instant swooner like “Like I Love You”, nor is it the musical right hook that “Sexyback” was. But it’s still shocking in its own way, namely for not being what anyone expected the first new Justin Timberlake single in six years to sound like.
When Baek Ji Young first announced her 2013 comeback plans, I was relieved to hear that it would be with a ballad. Her cheap electro-pop tracks can be a lot of fun, but Ji Young is always better when she’s wailing about unrequited love and heartbreak, and that’s really all thanks to her voice. The [...]
When I first played Girls’ Generation‘s comeback single, “I Got a Boy”, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It doesn’t sound like what a Girls’ Generation single is supposed to sound like, nor does it even remotely resemble what any commercial pop single –K-pop or otherwise– generally sounds like today.
The general consensus amongst most K-poppers is that Girls’ Generation‘s Japanese albums trump their Korean ones. I don’t necessarily agree as I enjoy both for different reasons, but I get why people feel that way — compared to their Korean albums, SNSD’s J-pop is more grown-up and electronic, and I imagine that when they eventually [...]
Unapologetic is arguably Rihanna‘s most personal album next to 2009′s Rated R, and that’s not exactly a good thing. When the 24-year-old’s not singing about how much money she has, how much partying she does, or how much sex she gets, she’s singing about her relationship with Chris Brown — a tumultuous affair that could [...]
Lana Del Rey had a lot to prove with her debut disc, Born to Die. Mostly, she needed a hit to justify the hype, so the album turned out to be a sharply calculated affair, combining lashings of hipster-hop for the Pitchfork crowd with huge glossy hooks for the pop fans. It didn’t live up [...]
Christina Aguilera may be lacking a few things, but confidence isn’t one of them. In a recent slew of interviews to promote her comeback album Lotus (in which she repeatedly asserted that 2010′s much-maligned Bionic is a “masterpiece” that can only be understood by “real music people”), the now 31-year-old has stated that one of [...]